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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 12, 2014 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A forgotten vault relesse , "Go to Nassau" 5/15-16/80

In my going though the Dead's "official releases" I got to this one that I had almost forgotten . Been listening to a lot of E72 shows , so this was interesing to dip in to the early Brent era again . I like the first set material here , great "Jack Straw>Frank, "LL>Sup." and "High Time" . For the second set material (disc 2) , I think the "Go to Heaven" songs are pretty good, though I have heard better versions . The "Playing" is good , in context of the time, and the "UJB" is good period . I have to say the "NFA>GDTRFB>Good Lovin'" section doesn't work that well for me . "NFA" - lots of better ones from even this period . "GDTRFB" - I have just been listing to those AWESOME E72 ones ! This one seems graceless and clumsy, though, Garcia gets some nice licks in . "Good Lovin" - again, I have listening to super ballsy E72 ones with Pigpen , but this is not too bad for the latter day , Jimmy Buffet like version .
What do you folks think ?

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 12, 2014 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A forgotten vault relesse , 'Go to Nassau' 5/15-16/80

Without knowing what's in the vault, 5-10 is a great stand alone show. 5-11 has a nice Scarlet/Fire and 5-12 is an all around excellent show with a Caution jam- so I would have preferred a 5-10 full show release or a road trips type of release from 5-11 & 5-12.

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Poster: boat man Date: Jun 13, 2014 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A forgotten vault relesse , 'Go to Nassau' 5/15-16/80

What about that stunning "Althea"; or the Peg solo. The fat man at his best.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 14, 2014 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A forgotten vault relesse , 'Go to Nassau' 5/15-16/80

The Althea is good , but I think it go better in the next few years . But yes this is a nice one . I'm pretty persnickety about Peggy-O . I like the solo here, and it's a fine version for the era ; but compared to the tremendous versions from77 (even 78) , I feel it lost the hypnotic sweetness (and some of Garcia's mot ecstatic solos ) it had in those early peak Peggy years . My 2cents .

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Poster: Shug909 Date: Jun 14, 2014 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A forgotten vault relesse , 'Go to Nassau' 5/15-16/80

The Go To Heaven songs are played well, but I agree, they developed more fully in the next few years. For example, Stranger in 1980 had a lazier, looseness and the ending was not yet really sharp and tight like it would become. It usually took new Dead songs a few years to really develop in their live arrangements, they usually became more powerful once they'd been played for a few years, I think. But these versions are fine and the sound is really good. I listened again yesterday, I'd recommend this album.

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Poster: Shug909 Date: Jun 12, 2014 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A forgotten vault relesse , 'Go to Nassau' 5/15-16/80

As I mentioned in another thread, I think the recording is stellar, just really clear and a great mix. I love the audio on Reckoning from around that same period, something was really working with the recordings and probably the sound in general around 1979 and 1980.

I agree with you about the highlights, its the first set material and particularly the High Time and Lazy Lightning>Supplication. I listened to that High Time on a sunset desert hike not long ago and it really floored me. Garcia's voice still sweet and high, beautiful electric piano from Brent, very good backing vocals from Bob and Brent (is Phil in there at all?) and really a near-flawless performance of perhaps my favorite Garcia ballad.

The jamming is not that strong in the second set material, agreed. Overall, though, Go To Nassau is solid, yeah.